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A Tribute to Betty White – Kodak Ultramax 400 at 200

Betty White died on December 31, 2021. I really feel that she was one of the last unifying elements we had in this country. Who doesn’t love Betty White? On that day, I had a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 loaded in my Leica M6 and decided to kind of dedicate it to her memory as a tribute to Betty White.

In the past, I haven’t had very good experiences with this film so I thought I’d try something a little different this time. I shot the roll at ISO 200 and then just processed it regularly hoping to over expose it a little.

A Tribute to Betty White

Since I have been largely stuck at home lately due to pain from an injury, I couldn’t go out and shoot. Instead I just shot things that made me think of Betty knowing that she loved animals, was funny, and was just a beautiful spirit.

Kelsey particularly is a huge fan of Betty, so it hit her hard when she passed. We decided to just sit outside and enjoy the sunlight while I took these photos.

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This sign is a bit of irony since here in Florida we barely had a winter. A little bit of humor I guess.

Final Thoughts

I like these photos. They’re personal to me, and that they have a meaning makes them all the more special even though they’re not amazing compositions. The funny thing about that for me is that these types of photos will be the ones I come across years from now that will invoke a feeling that even the most beautiful composition may not do.

I think from now on if I shoot Ultramax, I will shoot it at 200. As I mentioned, I have not had great experiences with it. My shots have always come out looking under exposed. This leaves me to think however, maybe I should just forego Ultramax and stick to Kodak Gold. Let me know how you like this film and if you shoot it in any particular way.

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